AASE Girls Rugby

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

AASE Womens Rugby Team

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a nationally recognised qualification for athletes performing at the highest levels of their chosen sport.

It allows athletes, in team or individual sports, to balance their education alongside maximising their sporting opportunities.

Students study for a regular qualification alongside the AASE qualification. AASE places are selected by the national governing bodies, with Bishop Burton being a recognised provider of AASE by Skills Active.

Students in women’s Rugby Union and Rugby League who are performing at the highest levels can apply for places for the Bishop Burton AASE scheme as well as individuals competing for national recognition. Our first class coaches will guide you through your sporting development whilst AASE will allow you to learn about the aspects off the field which will help you reach your full potential.

Training on our premier sporting facilities and studying in our leading teaching environments, Bishop Burton is the place in the north for aspiring young athletes.

Case Study

Rachel Woosey


Rachel is a student on the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme at Bishop Burton College has been called to represent her country in the sport she loves – rugby union.

“I’ve been playing rugby since I was six and have always dreamt of representing England one day. I never expected it to happen so soon.

“I’d always been a sporty girl but it wasn’t until I got into rugby that I found my passion and the thirst to perform at the highest level."

The AASE programme, which is approved by the RFU, is now in its second year at Bishop Burton. The programme aims to help players with the physical, technical, tactical and mental skills to go on and play rugby at the highest level.